Many of our vulnerable neighbors who receive home-delivered meals live alone and rely on the companionship of their pets to provide comfort and friendship. In fact, some of our clients choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets, compromising their own health in order to provide for their companions.
Meals on Wheels supports meal recipients with companions through our AniMeals program. Twice per month, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver dog or cat food for one meal per day for a total of 14 days to program participants, eliminating a clients’ choice of feeding themselves or their pet companions.
On average, the AniMeals program feeds 30 dogs and 47 cats per month. This program solely relies on pet food donations and designated gifts in order to continue to provide this program to our clients and their pets.